Creating beauty from darkness

When Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester put out a call for artwork to brighten their guest rooms, students at Ridgecrest Academy responded enthusiastically. A group of talented ninth-graders in teacher Bryce Doty’s art class volunteered to work together to take on the challenge. 

Artists Jonathan Finger and Calvin King took inspiration from RMHC’s mission and vision: to support the health and wellness of children and families. They chose the image of the lotus flower, symbolizing strength in adversity as it rises from a dark place into beauty and health. They combined the lotus with an explosion of joyful color and dancing hearts to create a painting that practically bursts with love and positive energy

.Still a work in progress, the lotus painting is the first of two large (48” x 60”) canvases Doty’s class is creating for RMHC. Artist Chaney Clason is beginning a second concept, built around caring hands and community. The students hope to have both paintings completed early in 2019.